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Brad Keselowski Crash At Kobalt Tools 500 In Atlanta

Posted in NASCAR, Racing by Kurt Ernst | March 8th, 2010 | 2 Responses |

In NASCAR, it’s said that “rubbing is racing”. Things like trading paint and bump drafting are commonplace and are often used tactically to win races. What’s not common, however, is letting your anger get the best of you and punting an opponent at 195 miles per hour.

Yesterday’s Kobalt Tools 500 (won by Kurt Busch) saw the ongoing feud between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski come to a full-on boil. Edwards, upset about an earlier incident with Keselowski that took him out of contention, clearly drove into the Penske Dodge of Keselowski with the intention of spinning him. Retribution is one thing; I’m a former racer and I know how that goes. Wrecking someone intentionally, at full speed, thus putting driver’s and spectator’ lives in danger, is something else entirely.

Afterwards, Edwards commented that, “Brad knows the deal between him and I. Maybe we won’t get in anymore incidents. That would be the best thing; the best thing would be for Brad and I not to get together anymore and we probably won’t. I’m just glad everybody is alright.” In other words, you’re sorry because you got caught, and Keselowski shouldn’t try to even the score.

NASCAR needs to take clear, decisive action on behavior like this. Pulling points and levying a fine just won’t cut it.

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2 Responses

  1. Mike Jones says:

    Brad. If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch. Nascar has become a bland sport, with no personalities, no differentiation between cars and no real action. Nascar wonders why the stands are not full? Hello. Its getting boring. Same race every week. Only a few can win. I say take away alot of these boring restrictions, and let the racing begin. Right now its strictly an advertising medium that is losing its power from its bordom.

  2. Kurt says:

    I’m with you, Mike, although I do like the new “finish under green” rules. Want to draw in more fans? How about going back to the basics, where you take stock cars, off a dealer’s showroom, and weld in a roll cage?

    I’d rather watch real cars race at slower speeds than the tube frame spec cars with fake body shells that NASCAR runs these days. Of course I doubt a modern production car would stand up to 500 miles of wide open throttle, wheel to wheel racing, but that would add a whole new dimension to the sport.